Poetic diplomacy

February 26, 2009

Are you an ambassador for a small nation? If so, you’re probably the only person in D.C. who knows about the Small Nations Poetry Readings, now in its fifth year at the National Geographic headquarters. This year’s reading is sure to be controversial for its environmental theme because, after all, the smallest nations make the smallest polluters. Change is a-comin’, Djibouti!
This little-known event suits the size of the nations. All the big names are here: Austria, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, and Slovenia. I only hope next year they can include some lesser-known Pacific countries—shout out, Nauru and Tuvalu! The ambassadors from these nine countries will be reading poetry in English and in their native languages. Don’t miss your only chance to hear Maltan and Monacoan—nor the reception following. The Stella Artois will flow.

Tickets are $18. The National Geographic headquarters is located at 1145 17th Street.

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